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Updated February 12, 2018
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Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine
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Pros
  • it is a good choice for work life balance, and people is nice here (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, mostly nice people, fair compensation (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time

    Pros

    Exciting Industry. Passionate Team Work. Strong Global Vision.

    Cons

    Relationship based culture in dynamic industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating


  2. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Management in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Firmenich full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401K matching etc.

    Cons

    Don't get sick! Senior management will force out employees who are on medical leave once they return.

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to take a global approach to prevent unlawful dismissals of employees who experience the misfortune of becoming ill.

  3. "Unusual company culture, but great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Firmenich full-time

    Pros

    Multi-cultural, multi-lingual, dedicated and creative colleagues; strong process and infrastructure. Very interesting industry

    Cons

    Flat structure - not much opportunity for professional evolution


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Limited upward mobility and mentoring"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Firmenich full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    At Firmenich you get to engage in interesting and rewarding work, and lead industry trends. You'll work with some interesting people and meet great clients.
    Firmenich is also a reputable MNC and offers good healthcare benefits.

    Cons

    There are limited promotion opportunities unless you're from Geneva. Unfortunately, there is limited to no mentorship. Their internal patented 'Trendz' software programme is completely silly and useless. Experience greatly depends on your direct manager.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the quality of management as leadership can make or break the team's morale and affect performance. Unfortunately a few self-serving individuals took advantage of the weak leadership and peretuated an unhealthy atmosphere of backstabbing and prevented cooperation between the teams.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Firmenich full-time

    Pros

    Great pay scale. Nice PTO

    Cons

    Managers do not know what they are doing but want to dictate how you should do your job. Room for growth is them telling you we can change the title or dividing your departent for more "growth" No workk life balance, you need to work as many as two to three hours at home to stay "above water"


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Office Politics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, mostly nice people, fair compensation

    Cons

    depending on department you get varying levels of respect, nepotism is more important that hard work, poor leadership on director level


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Benefits are good, everything else is lacking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Most people are nice.

    Cons

    Training is basically non-existent. Dept is completely disorganized. Morale is extremely low and management doesn't seem to care. Kind of feel lied to from what I was told in the interviews.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to learn what your direct reports actually do. And train employees properly. Quality should be just as important as quantity.

  8. "Group leader receiving department"

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    Current Employee - Group Leader Receiving Department in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Group Leader Receiving Department in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, plenty of overtime, ability to progress in the company

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative


  9. "working conditions"

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    Current Employee - QC Lab Technician in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - QC Lab Technician in Anaheim, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people at the place of business

    Cons

    upper management not involved with site to make good decisions

    Advice to Management

    work the people at the lower levels


  10. "Good company overall"

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    Former Employee - Fragrance Specialist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Fragrance Specialist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Firmenich full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible schedule,good pay, nice working environment, and great benefits .

    Cons

    a bit hard to work your way up, depends mostly on who you know at times

    Advice to Management

    give fare opportunities, hire more minorities.


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